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Hi Doug nice to meet you
have you had a colonoscopy in your life or screening for colon cancer Doug?
I have an annual medical last one December where i give an occult test and rectal exam
what antibiotics were you given for UTI?
i can't remember i think it began wit a V
Well, antibiotics can often change the gut bacteria
This is normal
however there is also a risk of a germ called c diff
c diff is a bacteria that takes over the gut when antibiotics are used
it is very common now
I am concerned about this
I think you need tested for C diff Doug
what is c diff
did you read my post?
It is a bacteria that can take over the gut when you take antibiotics and inadvertently kill all the good gut bacteria
what can i do to rebalance
you need to get tested for c diff
if positive you can take an antibiotic called flagyl
that will kill it
what is the test
stool test for c diff toxin
you there Doug?
so when i go should i take a stool sample
your GP will need to order it
or the doctor who is treating your UTI
ok but because of my annual check it is unlikely to be colon cancer correct as i have previously had a psi
given that you just took antibiotics it is likely related to that
however, C diff can be very serious so it needs attention
ok thank you i will make an appointment
ok i understand thank you
Any more questions Doug?
no thank you